Bridge over the River Kwai (Kwae)

This steel bridge is one of the most important historical landmarks and memorials in Thailand and probably the most photographed landmark of Kanchanaburi. The history of the bridge is well known, for the WWII battle that took place here, and the subsequent Hollywood movie that immortalized events. The damaged bridge was renovated by the Thai government after the war in 1946. Visitors are able to walk across the bridge to the other side of the river, but should be mindful of trains and motorcycles.

Bridge Over the River Kwai Memorial Week is held during late November to early December every year, which includes a WWII exhibition as well as the history and archaeology of the bridge, local performances and stalls selling souvenirs and local handicrafts.